Heroic Jarrett Jack plays all but 47 seconds in Nets’ defeat

Written By kom nampuldu on Sabtu, 31 Januari 2015 | 18.18

Lionel Hollins worked Jarrett Jack to the bone Friday night, playing him all but 47 seconds in the Nets' 127-122 overtime loss to the Raptors at Barclays Center.

When asked about it after the game, however, Hollins made it clear he didn't think he had much of a choice.

"What are you gonna do?" he asked. "It is what it is."

Given how well Jack played — he finished with a career-high 35 points to go with eight rebounds and 13 assists and only two turnovers — it was hard to question Hollins deciding to stick with Jack as he continues to try and get by without Deron Williams, who missed his 11th straight game with fractured rib cartilage.

The Nets' third-string point guard, Darius Morris, replaced Jack for those 47 seconds in the second quarter and Toronto immediately scored five straight points, forcing Hollins to call timeout and put Jack in for the final 35:23 of the game.

"[Jack] was great … I thought about taking him out. I rested Joe [Johnson] for a minute, I rested Brook [Lopez] for a minute. I tried to piecemeal resting people, but I knew that I couldn't afford to rest him because he was making plays.

"I mean, the guy had 35 points and 13 assists and eight rebounds. He had an outstanding game. … It's just that it goes for naught."

When asked about fatigue after the game, however, Jack said he isn't about to make any excuses.

"I know it sounds funny, but when I look at these other guys in the locker room, I can't let fatigue be a factor," he said. "It wouldn't be fair to me, it wouldn't be fair to them, it wouldn't be fair to this hard-working coaching staff. Fatigue is the number one thing I never give into."

"That's never going to be an issue with me. I'm never going to give into it. I'm always going to be out there fighting tooth and nail, as long as I'm in that uniform."


Kevin Garnett played just 9:27, starting the first and third quarters before being subbed out and not returning in either half.

"It was just a coach's decision," Hollins said when asked about it after the game, before confirming that Garnett had no physical limitations keeping him from playing more.

As the season has progressed, Garnett's minutes and numbers have dropped. In January, he averaged 5.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game in 11 games, missing one for suspension and sitting out half of a back-to-back set three times.


The Nets finished the game going 20-for-26 from the free-throw line, but five of those misses came in the fourth quarter and overtime — four coming from Mason Plumlee, and one coming from Lopez that would have given the Nets a three-point lead with 22.1 seconds left in regulation. That allowed Toronto to go for two points in order to tie the game, which the Raptors successfully did.

"It cost us," said Plumlee, who had 12 points and nine rebounds but went 2-for-6 from the line and is now shooting 48.3 percent from there for the season. "Make your free throws, and it's a different game. You have to have those."


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